It’s a hot summer day and you take a big, delicious bite into a bowl of rocky road ice cream. Just as the chocolate and vanilla hit your tongue a sharp, painful stabbing pain fills your tooth. This situation is all too common for people with sensitive teeth. At Smiles of Memorial, we want to help you enjoy the hot or cold foods and drinks that you love without pain.
What Causes sensitive teeth?
There are a number of reasons that you may have sensitive teeth. The first is that there may be fine cracks in the enamel of your tooth. This small crack may reach the middle pulp of your tooth where your blood vessels and nerves are stored. Another reason you may experience tooth sensitivity is if you have shrinking gums naturally or through gum disease. People who are over age 40 have an increased risk of shrinking gums which can uncover the sensitive tooth roots, also called pulp. Another reason that your gums may be receding is gum disease. This can occur at any age. A build-up of plaque and tartar from bacteria can create pockets between your teeth and your gums. Similarly, receding gums from gum disease lead to exposure of your pulp allowing sugars, hot and cold liquids, and other foods to cause a painful feeling when you eat or drink them.
How can I strengthen My Enamel?
The enamel is the hard surface around the outside of your tooth. This is the hardest substance in your body, it is even harder than bone! Even though they are extremely strong, this substance can be broken down by sugars and starches in your food. Additionally, using a hard-bristled toothbrush or brushing too hard can lead to enamel wear. When you brush, it is best to use a soft bristled brush and softly move the brush against your teeth on a 45-degree angle. Opt for a toothpaste with fluoride to help strengthen the enamel on your teeth.
Another way your teeth can wear down is by grinding or clenching your teeth. This usually happens unconsciously when patients are sleeping or stressed. Lastly, refrain from over bleaching your teeth. At Smiles of Memorial in Houston, Texas we do encourage patients to participate in a healthy dose of teeth whitening. However, over whitening, your teeth can also weaken the enamel exposing sensitive nerves to foods and drinks.
Protecting sensitive teeth is not only beneficial for a comfortable lifestyle but also important to maintain your overall health. For more information about sensitive teeth or strengthening your enamel, call Smiles of Memorial of Houston – Viet Tran DMD, Texas, today!